Clue #3: Greed (8 of 11) by Dave Gustavsen

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Clue #3: Greed (8 of 11)
Series: The Pursuit of Happiness
Dave Gustavsen
Ecclesiastes 5:10-20

Good morning. It's good to be back with you guys today. One of the things I've noticed about being away on a mission trip or on a vacation is that when I come back it's like I see it with new eyes-and I'm reminded of how healthy this place is, how many gifted people are here, and it's easy to take that for granted. So…great to be back.

So after a two week break, we are resuming our study of the book of Ecclesiastes today. Ecclesiastes is basically the personal journal of King Solomon of Israel, who lived and reigned around 950BC. And he wrote it at a time in his life when he was disappointed and disillusioned and empty. Ravi Zacharias, the Christian philosopher, said this: ''The loneliest moment in life is when you have just experienced what you thought would deliver the ultimate, and it has just let you down.'' Can you relate to that? You think, ''If I could just get into that college…get married…buy a house…finish my master's degree…get to this level in the company…have a baby…I'd be completely happy.'' And then you get that thing, and it's not what you thought it would be. And that was Solomon, in a big way. He had experienced so many coveted things…but over and over again, those things let him down. So he was frustrated and he was looking for meaning.

So a few weeks ago, we started a section of the book where he talks about different things he's observed in the world that could possibly serve as clues to the meaning of life. He talked about the clue of injustice. Then he talked about the clue of loneliness. Today, he's going to consider the clue of greed. And then the next two weeks he's going to look at the clues of sadness and death. So all of those are things we notice in the world, right? They are part of being human. And the question is, when we experience those things, what might they tell us about ultimate reality or ultimate meaning?

So, today we ...

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